Food pantry benefit concert thanks

To the editor:

There are so many people to thank for helping out with pulling off another successful food pantry benefit concert at the Adirondack Carousel. The list is long, and I will forget some.

-Of course, all the musicians, who so generously donated their time and CDs

-Local businesses who contributed equipment, gift certificates and merchandise for the raffles: CED, High Peaks Wine and Liquor, BluSeed Studios, Wendy’s Christian Bookstore, Casier Furniture, Taylor Rental, Sturdy Supply, Pink, Moose Maple Books, Twin Crystal Rock Shop, Eco-Living, Major Plowshares, Goody Goody’s, Two Horse Trading Company, Adirondack Bean-To, Owl’s Nest, Ampersound, The Shamrock Bar & Grill, Saranac Lake Discount Liquors, Blue Moon Cafe, McKenzie’s Grill, Best Western Mountain Lake Inn, Ace Hardware, Hannaford, Tops Inc., Price Chopper and Rice Furniture.

-Local eateries providing food for sale, and staggered deliveries so it would always be fresh and hot: Eat & Meet Grill, Blue Moon Cafe, The Bloomin’ Market, Lakeview Deli and Nonna Fina.

-We also need to thank those who volunteered their time, some for several days, some all day during the event: TRiO from Paul Smith’s College (they also provided $200 in seed money to get the event off the ground), Daniel Gorgas and Rachel Lamb, Amanda, Wanda and Linda from the Adirondack Bank, Lee Foster, Emily Fogarty, the Brighton and Saranac Lake Food Pantry workers, Sarah Gorgas, Judy Macintosh from Compass Printing and Yvona Fast.

-Thank you, Mayor Rabideau, for sorting through our banner issues. Thanks to Kelly, the Parrot Lady for sharing your magnificent bird.

-A huge round of applause to Jennifer Hunt and all the dedicated staff and volunteers at the Adirondack Carousel for many long hours in preparation and during and after the event.

-Thanks for media support so generously provided by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the Press-Republican, Rock 105, WSLP, North Country Public Radio, Fourth Coast Entertainment Magazine, Tunes 92.5 in Watertown and everyone who shared the event on Facebook.

-Eric Kloztko, who once again provided and lugged in and out all the sound equipment, and manned the sound board all day (great job!), taking a break only to play a set of music.

-Bands who sent CDs to raffle off include Inisheer, Lucid, Michael Packer and The Reese Project.

-Thanks to Lora Brown, down in Florida, who sent money to purchase the guitar for the auction.

-But even with all these contributions, it would do no good if not for the entire community coming out and donating money and food. The overwhelming support and good will of the people of Saranac Lake and the surrounding area is one of the things that makes this place so special. I’m not sure of the exact total, but it was between $3,000 and 4,000.

-Lastly, a big thanks and hug to my partner in crime, Daun Reuter, who left her husband Peter chasing sled dogs in the wilds of Alaska to attend the event, and most of all my wife, Doreen, who did more work than anyone to make this event happen.

Keith Gorgas